Canon 1 of the Code of Judicial Conduct provides:
An independent and honorable judiciary is indispensable to justice in our society. A judge should participate in establishing, maintaining, and enforcing high standards of conduct, and shall personally observe those standards so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary will be preserved.
It was a curiosity that KPMG, who is a defendant along with Transamerica and Singing River, wouldn’t object to judicial officers who had the appearance of impropriety. Likely any doubts KPMG had about Singletary’s ability to impartially execute his duties were assuaged by the fact that he was trying a separate case with KPMG’s attorneys.
KPMG is represented by Taylor McNeel at Brunini. McNeel also represents the Golden Nugget in a lawsuit against the City of Biloxi and the Secretary of State.
Again, you have a situation where a sitting judicial officer continues to allow the appearance of impropriety. The public now has great doubt as to the independence and honor of certain judicial officers. It’s time to restore credibility back to those offices. We again encourage you to file a complaint with the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance. It is their job to to assist in enforcing these laws.